Items tagged with TB care

Beating TB requires more than medicine: The value of patient support (post)

Eight years ago Busisiwe Beko was undergoing treatment for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis when, after months of waiting to see a pediatric specialist, her daughter was diagnosed with the same illness. The five-month-old baby was admitted to a TB hospital where she would receive treatment for seven months; Busisiwe, however, was turned away due to lack of space. Today, both mother and daughter are healthy. However, their experience with MDR-TB didn’t stop at their cure. Busisiwe went on to join Médecins Sans Frontières as a counselor for MDR-TB patients in her community, providing the support and medication counseling that she wished she had received during treatment.

Unexpected partnerships with North Korea (post)

Despite political tension surrounding the country, NGOs have found ways to collaborate effectively with the North Korean government in an effort to fight its deadliest disease.

July 2014 issue of the IJTLD now free access (post)

The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (IJTLD) is the official publication of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union).

Conflict and drug-resistant tuberculosis in Ukraine (post)

The UN released a report on Aug 29 about the worsening situation for human rights in the conflict region of Ukraine (1). An average of 36 people are killed every day and at least 260 000 people have been displaced from this region (1). Ed Holt in The Lancet (Aug 30, p 735) (2) reported about the threat to medical staff, equipment, and essential drugs, including for tuberculosis. Ukraine is one of the 27 countries in the world with a high burden of multidrug-resistant (MDR) tuberculosis and in 2012, there were an estimated 6800 new cases in the country (3).In view of the large number of people displaced, the control of tuberculosis and MDR-tuberculosis in Ukraine and surrounding countries will not only depend on the provision of medicines and health-care services in the conflict zone, but also on effective measures for detection and care of internally displaced people (IDP) and refugees.

The Union convenes TREAT TB partners to review results of new research (post)

The Union recently brought research partners together in Washington, DC to share results from five years of TB research that began in 2009. Carried out through the TREAT TB initiative supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), researchers worked with the goal of improving international standards and practices for diagnosing and treating TB in order to better serve the needs of people affected by the disease.

Belarus pilots new financial model to strengthen ambulatory tuberculosis care (post)

A WHO/Green Light Committee mission visited Belarus on 1–5 December 2014, to monitor the treatment of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) and review a pilot financing project.

Mumbai: TB patients languishing in hospitals often abandoned by their families (post)

Last week, Amitabh Bachchan revealed he had tuberculosis (TB) in 2000. But the statement from one of the nation’s most venerated actors came too late for Dilip Kadam, 25, who ended his life at Sewri’s GTB (Group of Tuberculosis) Hospitals in October. He slashed his throat with a razor. Kadam, who was battling drug- resistant TB, was the third patient this year to commit suicide at the hospital.

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